Bannerlord, the latest addition to the Mount and Blade franchise, has a much more sharp gameplay loop. Sure, you’re still leading armies around the fantasy world and commanding them to build a kingdom, but it’s so much more than that. By adding and improving features, Mount and Blade: Bannerlord has effectively created the best game it could ever be. The goal is to create a much more vibrant and interesting world to wage war in. The medieval setting and various gameplay systems have been expanded to add more detail to the world. As you adventure and build that new kingdom, you’re sure to uncover some interesting new and altered systems, compared to previous games.
The recruiting system has a lot more depth this time around, for example. You can get a full army of more lively characters in Bannerlord. But first, you need to know how to build said army and recruit new followers. This guide will show you how to recruit companions in Mount and Blade: Bannerlord.
How to Get Companions in Mount and Blade: Bannerlord
There are a few methods you can use to make this system work for you. Getting more companions can be a lot of work, but it’s worth it. Some of the best fighters and diplomats in the game can be found via the companions. Companions can be recruited at major towns in the tavern. All companions have an occupation of Wanderer when they spawn. You will be able to preview what companions might spawn in your game by using the in-game encyclopedia. Go to Heroes, and then set the filter to the Wanderer occupation.
Each time you encounter a character, they will have a suffix, such as “Bitterdraught the Black”. Their name will remain the same but the suffix may change. The suffix determines the companion’s starting skills. You can also help plan ahead by using the table on the Bannerlord Wiki to see the skills for each companion.
Once they’ve been brought into your service, out them to work. Here are the things companions can do for you:
- Automatically complete quests
- Lead trade caravans to earn gold
- Lead War Parties to take over enemy settlements
- Govern settlements, applying any “Governor” perks to the settlement
- Engage in “diplomacy” by raising relations between the player and the owner of a castle that they are left at.
Each of the Companions in Mount and Blade: Bannerlord has its own unique skills and perks when they show up. You can also find the time to equip them with new gear. Be sure to level them up as well, their skills will inform what gear they can use. First, open up your Character menu by pressing the C key. This will bring up the skill overview, showing you what skills your main character has unlocked. By using the arrows in the corner, you can also cycle through the skills of your character. Each companion will have their own unique perks and skills just like the MC. And just like the MC, companions gain skills and perks as you play. Choose gear that aligns with the perks they have.
There’s a lot more to learn about this game, so pay attention. Other things you might want to learn are how to properly manage your party’s size and movement speed. No use building a massive army if it’s too slow to fight. Smithing and other crafting disciplines are key to outfitting your troops. And knowing how to deal with rival lords and vassals is key to actually building that army.
The skill system in the sequel is also much more complex. The act of engaging in everything from trade to diplomacy depends on the skills you bring to the table. You might also want to manage caravans and trade goods to help grow your economy.